0820 GMT February 22, 2020
Spokesman for the Independent Velayee Faction Mehrdad Baouj Lahouti gave some details about a closed-door meeting between Salehi and the faction’s members on Sunday, according to Tasnim News Agency.
“In order to continue generating energy for future generations, the use of nuclear technology and its development are inevitable,” Baouj Lahouti quoted Salehi as saying in the meeting.
“We should continue on this path. This technology is of high importance for the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Salehi added, according to the lawmaker.
Salehi also said that Iran will restart activities at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, ISNA reported, citing a member of Parliament who attended the meeting.
In May, Iran reduced its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and reintroduced sanctions on Tehran.
The Iranian nuclear chief pointed to Iran’s moves to reduce its commitments under the nuclear deal and said steps to scale back the commitments are underway.
The remarks came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently held a special meeting at Washington’s request to win the Board of Governors’ support for its anti-Iran claims about the JCPOA.
The emergency meeting of the 35-member Board of Governors of the IAEA was held in Vienna to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, which wrapped up with no conclusion.
The meeting came a few days after Iran increased the level of its uranium enrichment to 4.5%, which is beyond the limit set by the JCPOA. The move was part of the second phase of the country’s May 8 decision to reduce its commitments under the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal in reaction to the US violations and Europe’s inaction.